Grosses

'The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies' Down Sharply from Wednesday, But Still #1 on Thursday with $9.96MDecember 19, 2014 12:55 PM

by Daniel Garris

Warner's The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies took in $9.96 million on Thursday. The third and final chapter of Peter Jackson's The Hobbit trilogy was down a sharp 59 percent from Wednesday's performance. The large daily percentage decline on Thursday isn't the greatest initial sign going forward, though it should be noted that such a large percentage of Wednesday's reported gross coming from Tuesday night shows does inflate Thursday's percentage decrease a bit. In comparison, 2002's The Two Towers fell 47 percent on its first Thursday to gross $13.88 million. With a two-day start of $34.41 million, The Battle of the Five Armies is running 14 percent behind the $40.04 million take of The Two Towers. At its current pace, The Battle of the Five Armies appears headed for a five-day start in the neighborhood of $85 million.

Fox's Exodus: Gods and Kings held steady in second place with $1.22 million. The pricey Ridley Scott directed biblical epic starring Christian Bale was down 7 percent from Wednesday. Exodus: Gods and Kings placed in second for the week (behind The Battle of the Five Armies) with a seven-day start of $30.84 million. While that was on the low end of pre-release expectations, the film is off to an underwhelming start with its price tag in mind and has been displaying early signs of being significantly front-loaded for a December release.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 took in $1.09 million to remain in third. The third installment of Lionsgate's blockbuster franchise increased 6 percent over Wednesday and was down a healthy 24 percent from last Thursday. Mockingjay - Part 1 placed in third for the week with $17.28 million. That represented a 38 percent decline from the previous frame and brings the film's four-week total to $281.48 million. Mockingjay - Part 1 is now $18.52 million away from becoming the second release of 2013 to reach the $300 million domestic milestone.

Penguins of Madagascar placed in fourth for the day with $0.502 million. The 3D computer animated film from Fox and DreamWorks Animation was up 9 percent from Wednesday and down only 2 percent from last Thursday. Penguins of Madagascar placed in fourth for the week with $9.11 million. That was down 30 percent from the previous week and brings the film's 23-day total to an underwhelming $60.65 million.

Paramount's Top Five continued to claim sixth place with $0.439 million. The critically acclaimed comedy starring and directed by Chris Rock was down 2 percent from Wednesday. Top Five rounded out the week's top five with a seven-day start of $8.89 million, which was on the low end of expectations. The film will be playing in 1,307 locations this weekend.

Daily Domestic Gross Tue, Mar. 19 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Mar. 19 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Oz: The Great and Powerful$3,293,39213%3,9120$842$150,253,4362Disney
2The Call$1,558,94724%2,507--$622$19,931,6661Sony / TriStar
3The Incredible Burt Wonderstone$891,27719%3,160--$282$11,815,7241Warner Bros. / New Line
4Jack the Giant Slayer$619,22827%3,357-168$184$55,114,9263Warner Bros. / New Line
5Identity Thief$439,98023%2,842-160$155$124,402,6606Universal
621 And Over$354,64820%2,424-347$146$22,568,9553Relativity Media
7Snitch (2013)$328,37124%2,35313$140$37,854,2864Lionsgate / Summit
8Dead Man Down$284,16725%2,1880$130$9,884,2042FilmDistrict
9Silver Linings Playbook$282,77020%1,602-125$177$125,069,76318Weinstein Company
10Safe Haven$237,94722%2,206-335$108$67,344,6535Relativity Media
11Escape From Planet Earth$199,37022%2,211-338$90$52,540,9385Weinstein Company
12A Good Day to Die Hard$128,40123%1,117-608$115$65,704,0235Fox
13The Last Exorcism Part II$87,87810%1,575-1125$56$14,549,0903CBS Films

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Mar. 19 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Life of Pi$145,99538%646-25$226$121,596,77417Fox
2Quartet$134,52029%688-27$196$15,072,62710Weinstein Company
3Emperor$78,80816%31150$253$2,175,3602Roadside Attractions
4Side Effects (2013)$67,73138%402-200$168$30,599,5936Open Road
5Argo$54,3216%540-201$101$135,283,83923Warner Bros.
6Warm Bodies$52,3356%659-393$79$64,681,9377Lionsgate / Summit
7Lincoln$52,05526%46634$112$181,501,81219Disney / DreamWorks
8Dark Skies$51,43013%703-802$73$16,744,0934Weinstein / Dimension
9Zero Dark Thirty$45,20815%450-72$100$95,398,77113Sony / Columbia
10Django Unchained$40,08121%266-70$151$161,656,60812Weinstein Company
11The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$32,82315%305-32$108$302,454,44914Warner Bros. / New Line
12Les Miserables (2012)$25,20516%241-45$105$148,525,28512Universal
13Rise of The Guardians$18,24022%213-62$86$103,038,83817Paramount / DreamWorks
14Parental Guidance$15,48922%2223$70$76,572,05712Fox
15Mama$13,3501%204-10$65$71,351,9409Universal
16Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters$12,91029%130-95$99$54,701,9938Paramount
17The Impossible$12,87371%105-9$123$18,635,04613Lionsgate / Summit
18Jack Reacher$10,11114%130-64$78$80,052,61613Paramount
19Beautiful Creatures (2013)$8,87225%125-156$71$19,189,8805Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Mar. 19 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Stoker$39,79242%9477$423$713,5233Fox Searchlight
2Girl Rising$15,77049%18-6$876$406,5162Gathr Films
3To the Arctic 3D$15,255197%520$293$11,710,28448Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Parker$7,4016%9258$80$17,550,7018FilmDistrict
5Bless Me, Ultima$5,850-2%45-7$130$1,476,9224Arenas Entertainment
6Born to Be Wild 3D$5,322-22%300$177$22,219,004102Warner Bros. / IMAX
7Gangster Squad$4,89117%50-40$98$45,929,44110Warner Bros.
8Hyde Park on Hudson$4,28059%31-8$138$6,343,66315Focus
9From Up on Poppy Hill$3,327-16%2--$1,664$64,8671GKIDS
10The Lost Medallion: The Adventures of Billy Stone$2,983-1%45-11$66$318,2383Methinx Entertainment
11Kai Po Che$2,58489%42-29$62$1,084,3364UTV Motion Pictures
12Camp (2013)$1,916-10%1511$128$68,9284Freestyle Releasing